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Transportation Labor Releases Infrastructure Platform for 2020 Presidential Candidates

The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), is calling on 2020 presidential candidates to adopt an infrastructure policy platform that will improve quality of life for millions of working families by reinvigorating the economy, rebuilding America and creating the kinds of good, middle-class jobs we can be proud of. Investing in U.S.: A Transportation Infrastructure Platform for 2020 Presidential Candidates, released today, offers a comprehensive list of policy proposals designed to guide candidates’ priorities on infrastructure ahead of the 2020 election.

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NHTSA Abdicates Its Responsibility to Safety with First-Ever Safety Feature Exemption

Washington, DC —  Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to NHTSA issuing the first-ever exemptions from traditional safety features for driverless cars: “As our country continues to evaluate the potential uses for driverless vehicles, the federal government must take serious steps to ensure the testing […]

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House Democrats’ Moving Forward Infrastructure Framework Offers Important Step Forward

Washington, DC — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the Moving Forward infrastructure framework released today by House Democrats: “The people who design, build, operate, and maintain America’s transportation infrastructure network know first-hand the effect decades of underinvestment has had on all of our lives. […]

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Dr. King and the Power of Unity

Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: “More than 50 years after his tragic and untimely passing, the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continue to be a source of hope and inspiration for working people across our […]

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DOT’s AV 4.0 Read More Like Industry Promotional Material Than Serious, Thoughtful Policy

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement on AV 4.0, updated automation policy released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation: “The responsible deployment of automated technology on our streets must be accompanied by a serious and thoughtful regulatory framework that hold tech companies accountable. Sadly, […]

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The impact of national ride-hailing regulations: Labor

As Reported By Chris Teale for Smart Cities Dive In October, Congress discussed ways it could regulate ride-hailing on a national basis. In this two-part series, Smart Cities Dive examines the impacts of potential laws on safety and the labor force. Ride-hailing’s system of hiring independent contractors as drivers could be under threat in the wake […]

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Priorities in Spending Bill Reflect Needs of Transportation Network, Frontline Workers

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in support of the Domestic Priorities and International Assistance Appropriations Minibus, H.R. 1865: “The passage of the FY 2020 appropriations agreement in the House of Representatives yesterday represents a major step forward for America’s transportation workforce and for every […]

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New Federal AV Legislation Under Fire for Inadequate Safety Provisions

As Reported By Chris Teale for Smart Cities Dive Dive Brief: A new draft of federal legislation on autonomous vehicles (AVs) does not do enough to address ongoing safety concerns, multiple sources, including the National League of Cities, told Smart Cities Dive this week. Critics said draft text in Congress is inadequate as it gives the U.S. Department […]

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Gig work on the rise and for many, a way of life

As Reported By Lorraine Mirabella for The Chicago Tribune By day, Leah Needham buys groceries to deliver to customers in White Marsh and Middle River. But in the evenings, the shopper for online grocery service Shipt trades in her green T-shirt for a pair of ballroom dance shoes and heads to her next gig. In […]

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Gig work: It’s on the rise and for many in the Baltimore area, a way of life

As Reported By Lorraine Mirabella for The Baltimore Sun By day, Leah Needham buys groceries to deliver to customers in White Marsh and Middle River. But in the evenings, the shopper for online grocery service Shipt trades in her green T-shirt for a pair of ballroom dance shoes and heads to her next gig. In […]

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